The Veterans Justice Initiative was officially launched at a ceremony at Merck headquarters on September 7, 2011 to announce the collaboration of Merck, Lowenstein Sandler and LSNWJ in providing legal aid to homeless and disabled veterans. Since then, the Initiative has helped more than 170 of our homeless and disabled veterans with legal assistance and benefit appeals.
The Veterans Justice Initiative was spearheaded by Merck in 2011 as a way to provide much-needed legal aid to the homeless veterans in Community Hope’s residential programs. The initial Partnership, formed by Merck, Lowenstein Sandler, PC, and Legal Services of Northwest Jersey (LSNWJ) began accepting the first cases of veterans referred from Community Hope’s Hope for Veterans Program in April 2011 and has since been joined by pro bono attorneys from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi.
Since the project was launched, 173 veterans have been provided legal assistance in 390 cases. Legal aid ranges from consumer debt issues to motor vehicle license restoration to assistance with VA disability claims and is crucial to helping veterans overcome homelessness and get back on their feet while in our residential programs.
In recognition of Merck’s founding of the Veterans Justice Initiative, Community Hope will be honoring Chairman and CEO Kenneth Frazier at our annual gala on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.